A recent survey by finder.com.au found that Aussies are spending over 78% more on excess data charges in the past 12 months than they did in 2016. The report found that 1 in 5 of the 2,010 Australian adults surveyed regularly go over their monthly data allowance, costing them an average of $10.00 per additional GB used – culminating the $259 million spent over the past 12 months.
The report highlights the need to double check contract terms, including costs for excess data, and choose a plan that meets your data requirements. Many Australians are continuing to underestimate their data needs, when larger data plans usually work out cheaper than paying the excess data charges. Mobile users are increasingly crunching through their data with social media, gaming and watching videos online – many unaware they even go over their limit until they receive their monthly bill.
Avoiding excess data charges is simple:
Understand your limits
Take note of your monthly data allowance and remind yourself to check on a regular basis. Most operating systems have the option to set data cap limits or alerts when you get near to your monthly allowance.
Take advantage of free Wi-Fi
Although we don’t recommend using free Wi-Fi for data-sensitive activities such as mobile banking or online shopping, it’s perfectly acceptable for data hungry activities such as video watching and internet browsing.
Check which apps chomp data
Certain apps require more data than others when used online. Check in your settings to see which apps use the most, with options to turn off their data access when online.
Be mindful of your usage
Once you’ve determined which apps use the most data, try to avoid using these when you’re on-the-go. Try downloading music or videos on Wi-Fi connections to save for later without using your data.